Carving out reflection time for yourself

We are moving every day at an incredibly fast pace and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. Our daily lives are filled with expected tasks and duties and the unexpected also seems to be waiting, ready to jump in, when we least anticipate it. So, when is there time to reflect for ourselves on what we are experiencing? How do we carve out the time to spend some introspective moments to help us learn and grow from our experiences?

Everyone is different. I know of some that have the discipline to get up earlier than the rest of their household so they can have time to think over their first cup of coffee or tea in the morning. This is not something I have been able to do since my mornings can start as early as 5am.

Some people find their sense of inner peace and reflection during an early morning workout of a solitary run or swim. The day is just beginning and the repetitive movements of running or swimming can help to focus the mind away from the daily stuff that clouds our heads. Outdoors we can look upwards and outward towards the larger picture of our dreams and goals for today and the future.

Others are able to use Yoga or silent meditation to find their inner peace even in the midst of a busy day. Calming the mind and focusing the body to become aware of themselves as the world continues to move ahead. The individual can pause in an inner reflection time to view his/ her place and put it in perspective.

Recording your thoughts on this search for living in the moment can be used as a journaling experience for yourself or to share. In our self-reflections, it is important to remember who we are and where we have been. Our present self is reflective of all of our life’s experiences, good and bad. When we review our own history over the past months and years, we can teach ourselves the lessons learned and move ahead growing stronger.

Take a moment today, to spend your time in reflection. Whether you chose to spend your time journaling, meditating, exercising, etc. make sure the time you take is just for you. Give yourself the gift of peace.

 

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Inspiring others: An Instructor’s Blog

As we move about the routine of our lives, it becomes easier to follow the daily pattern we have set up for ourselves. Even if our days are slightly different from the day before, our patterns of work are fairly stable and consistent. This can be both good and bad for us as people. We reduce stress in following a set routine but we also avoid opportunities that might allow us to stretch ourselves as people in our lives and careers.

Opportunities do not always come looking for you; you have to start actively looking for them. Perhaps you have been approached to teach a new fitness class. Of course you can prepare to do a class but what can you do differently to make this a unique class? If it’s a Yoga class, do you have music that is appropriate for the group and time frame of the class? Perhaps you might use an essential oil diffuser to add an aroma of relaxation to the class. Little things but reasons for student to want to return to your class again.

If you teach a Zumba class, do you ask about the kinds of music that the class enjoys? Depending on the audience, people react to music they can easily move to and appreciate a practiced instructor who knows how to cue well. Instructors are looked upon to lead in a way that makes the class fun for everyone. How can you make this a unique class?

Perhaps someone you work with may ask you to do a presentation or short speech. Look at this not as a problem but an opportunity to try a different approach to reaching out to people. Most successful public speakers have started in a small group setting. When you are asked to present, remember to find out the particulars such as the setting, audience, and topic. An outline will help to organize your thoughts and help you stay on topic.

Small steps move us forward out of our comfort zones into new experiences. Be open to opportunities that arise and look at your routine in a new light. Make every day an opportunity to look for new ways to be challenged.

Let’s Take It Outside

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It is the best time of year to get outdoors here in Florida! Spring is here and things are starting to get warmer as we move into Summer. This phrase does not always bring to mind the thought of exercise but that’s because you might be looking at it the wrong way. Depending on what you like, exercise outdoors can be truly rewarding. It can help decrease stress and increase motivation. Just pick something you really like to do so you can look forward to doing it. Here are some possible suggestions:

Walk – call a friend in your neighborhood to go for a walk. Catch up on the local news and share a laugh as you spend some time outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather we have here in Florida this time of year.

Bike – Dust off those pedals of your bicycle sitting in the garage and go find an adventure. Bike to a lake or park and see what others are up to. You might get more ideas on your travels. Stationary bikes are great too if you join a class indoors where you can get motivated.

Play a Friendly Game- There’s lot of things to do right where you live! There’s basketball courts and tennis courts right here for you, this is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome Florida weather we brag about.

Swim- Looking for something low-impact and easy on the joints? Go for a swim or take your workout to the pool with Aqua Fitness.

Yoga – if you want to work out with a little more control, perhaps a yoga session in your community will give you the relaxation and enjoyment you are looking for. It’s always more fun if you ask someone you know to join you! METFitness has Yoga every Thursday evening at 6pm at B Resort and Spa in Orlando. Check out our website for more information on joining us for classes here! http://www.metfitnessflorida.com

Whatever you decide to do, put the idea of fun at the front of your plan, and do something that you will look forward to doing. Remember the child in you and get out of your house and have fun!

Summer Aqua Fitness in Florida

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

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Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact

New Yoga classes at B Resort in Orlando

 

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METFitness is excited to be offering Yoga classes to the public starting Thursday, March 16th at 6pm at B Resort and Spa located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd in Orlando, Florida. We would love to see you there!

Please join us for this new Thursday class with Fabiola, our 500 hour Certified instructor. If you have always wanted to try a class with Metfitness, this is the time. Class is $17/drop in rate. Stay tuned for more info soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

 

Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact

 

Sedona Yoga Festival March 2017

 

 

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 It’s almost here! The Sedona Yoga Festival is happening March 9-12 and you still have a chance to join in on all the conference has to offer!

The Conference offers new special training in Yoga including Aqua Yoga sessions. All of the sessions take place amidst the nature and beauty of Arizona’s red rocks. You might want to sign up for a special optional 20 hour training, enabling participants to help those who suffer from PTSD. Use our Studio Partner link below for discounted tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/syf-a-consciousness-evolution-conference-5th-annual-sedona-yoga-festival-tickets-22652197332?aff=SYF2017StudioPartner&afu=177366754726

 

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Here’s to a Healthier New You!

 

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2017 is upon us, and that means another round of New Year’s resolutions. According to Nielsen data, 69% of Americans made a health or fitness related resolution in 2015. The problem is that 80% of those people had given up on those healthy resolutions by the second week of February. So the question is, what can we all do to stay motivated? How can we keep up our will power to make healthy lifestyle changes when there are temptations and obstacles all around?

It may sound cheesy, but positive thinking is a very powerful thing. Because health and fitness have to do with our bodies, it’s a common problem that we focus only on the body. But our body can only do what our MIND tells it to do. For many people there comes a time in their fitness program when things get harder, and then come the two words that can stall any new venture – “I can’t.” These moments are very real, but you are so much stronger than that little negative voice in your head. Try to turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations. Instead of saying “I can’t do that” try saying “I’m going to learn how to do that.” I’m sure there are already many ways in which you choose to stay positive without even realizing it; like holding out hope that a parking space will open up close to the front door, or that you’ll get those concert tickets at a better price. Those are positive thoughts, and you’re thinking them because you really want that parking spot or those concert tickets. I personally love to start my day by listing 3 things I’m grateful for in the morning when I make coffee, just to get the positivity flowing. I also like to write myself notes like “be kind to yourself” or “you got this!” and stick them in random pockets in bags and jackets for me to find later. You’d be surprised how often those notes turn up RIGHT when they’re needed most.

The other thing absolutely necessary to accomplish your 2017 fitness goals? Patience. In a world full of instant gratification, the first thing we should all do is become VERY comfortable with the fact that our bodies will not change overnight. One of my favorite fitness sayings is “in 2 weeks you’ll feel it, in 4 weeks you’ll see it, and in 8 weeks everyone else will start to see it.” The understanding that quality and real change take time is the little voice you should have in your head, and that voice will also help keep the negativity at bay. Having patience for your changing body is a form of positivity, basically reminding you to be nice to yourself.  So if you really want to stick to your 2017 resolution, be positive and tell yourself that you WILL reach your goals, with healthy habits and exercise that works best for you. Because we are all unique, make the choices that work for your body and mind to achieve your goal – a healthier you.

So now, here’s your first little bit of pre 2017 motivation – YOU CAN DO IT!!! You are everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle, and you deserve it. Happy New Year everybody! Make 2017 a good one!

-by Savannah Swafford, METFitness Coordinator